Made for More
Week 4: Matthew 28:16-20
Jesus calls us to live on mission with him. Nowhere in the Bible is this clearer than in Jesus’ Great Commission recorded at the conclusion of Matthew’s gospel. Having a well-defined mission provides greater clarity, greater joy, and less fear in our lives. Jesus’ mission for us is to show and tell of God’s love. On the basis of his all-encompassing authority, Jesus’ disciples are to make other disciples. This starts with winning new converts and baptizing them to publicly declare their new faith. Making disciples also means teaching and training each believer to do all that Jesus taught. Both of these parts of disciple-making flow out of intentional relationships and are done in partnership with Jesus through his ever present Spirit living in us. This is what our church is about. It’s goal number one. And every person has a part to play in accomplishing this mission.
Imagine that you are invited to a show and tell party where each person gets a chance to display something of meaning to them and talk about it. What would you bring?
Getting into the Text:
1. (Matthew 28:16-17) Why do you think some people were doubting and what were they doubting?
2. (Matthew 28:18) Why is this statement an important starting point for the rest of the Great Commission? (Note the word “therefore” in verse 19.) How might Jesus’ words about authority have addressed some of the fears and hesitancies of the original disciples? How might they do the same for us today?
3. (Matthew 28:19-20) Do you think Jesus intended this commission for the eleven apostles or for all Christians? How can you tell? Are these instructions for the group of believers as a whole (i.e. the church) or for individual followers or both? To what extent is this an optional vs. a required thing?
4. In Matthew 10:5-6 Jesus told the disciples to focus on Israel but here he says to go to all nations. Why the change at this point in the story?
5. How does making disciples involve both evangelism and teaching? What are the consequences if the church neglects or over-emphasizes one of these two parts of disciple-making?
6. What does it mean for Jesus to be with us as opposed to simply being for us? How does that affect how we approach this task of disciple-making?
1. How do you see the world around you? As an enemy to be avoided? A resource to be enjoyed? Or a mission field to be served? What steps can you take this week to align your view with that of Jesus?
2. What is your own part in God’s mission at this point in your life? How are you leveraging your relationships and your resources to accomplish the unique calling God has given you? Pray for clarity to know your role. Pray for opportunities, wisdom, and courage to live on mission with Jesus this week.